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Thursday, February 12, 2009

The HCG Diet (Part Two)

Here's how it works: every day, for 23 days, I will give myself a 125IU shot of HCG. (Women do not give themselves shots during menstruation. Stop the shots the day your period starts, and resume them again on the last day of your flow.) I have chosen to do 3 "loading days", where I am supposed to eat fatty foods. This is to build up your stores of healthy fat to sustain you through the first few days of being on HCG. Since it takes approximately 3 days for the HCG to kick in, you have to eat to capacity on those days.

After the last shot, I must continue the 500 calorie diet for 3 additional days.

The second stage of the diet starts after you have completed the 500 calorie diet. In this stage, which lasts for 24 days, you must completely restrict sugar and starchy carbs. This portion of the diet reminds me greatly of the Atkins Diet (induction phase).

It was reading about this stage of the diet that made me wonder if HCG puts you into major ketosis. I suppose it would make sense, since you are severely restricting the amount of carbs/calories you're putting into your system. Then, when you move into the second phase of the HCG Diet, you continue to be in ketosis.

I will be starting HCG injections near the end of the month.